Top 10 Things to do While Visiting the Windy City

By Robyn Neal

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Chicago is the third most populated city in the United States, and home to over 3 million people. Housing one of the tallest buildings in the world, Chicago is a city that attracts many tourists. If you’re out and about in the city and looking for things to do, here’s a list of the Top 10 Things to do While Visiting the Windy City:

#1 – Stand on the Skydeck at Sears Tower (Willis Tower to some) – This skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago, and over one million people visit its observation deck each year. The deck includes a view spanning up to four states, and includes the newly added ‘Ledge”. This interactive exhibit is a glass balcony that extends four feet outside the 103rd floor.


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#2 – Walk along the Magnificent Mile – Stretching for 13 blocks of North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile is home to great hospitality, dining, and shopping. Known as one of the great avenues of the world, this “mile” houses more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and 60 hotels.


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#3 – Get wet at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park – This fountain is unlike any other. Consisting of two 50-foot glade block towers at each end of a reflecting pool, the towers project images of Chicago citizens with open mouths, where water spouts out.


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#4 – Bask in the sun at North Avenue Street Beach – One of the most popular beaches in Chicago, this is definitely a summer spot for visitors. You can eat at Castaways and Grill, and even rent a kayak or Jet Ski. The fun is in your hands.


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#5 – Take a picture with Michael Jordan’s statue outside the United Center – Located on the Near West Side, this statue stands in recognition of Jordan’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Make sure to get creative when taking your photo, you never know if Jordan himself will see it floating around the internet!


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#6 – Indulge in some deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s – Known for having the “best pizza in Chicago” this restaurant has been around since 1971. If you’re looking for a signature Chicago dish to fill you up, this is the place to go.

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#7 – Catch a movie at Navy Pier’s IMAX – Enjoy an experience like no other with a screen that’s bigger than your field of view. Check out the latest movies in 3D, and end your night with a walk along the pier while watching the fireworks.

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#8 – Attend a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field – It’s root root root for one of Chicago’s home teams. Grab something to drink, a hot dog, some popcorn, and enjoy a classic ball game.


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#9 – Talk a walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden – What better way to spend the day than enjoying nature at its finest. Take a walk through 26 gardens and four natural areas, each uniquely different from the next. It will be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see.

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#10 – Visit Museum Campus – This campus is home to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, Soldier Field, and Northerly Island. Whether you’re looking to go to a concert, or learn more about fish, this is the place to go.

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